How to Watch Movies on Xbox Series X or S

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What to Know

  • Xbox Series X can play Blu-rays and DVDs with its 4K UHD Blu-ray drive and the free Blu-ray Player app.
  • Xbox Series X and S can stream movies with a variety of apps.
  • You can also buy and rent movies from the Xbox store on your console.

This article includes instructions on how to watch Blu-ray and DVD movies on the X box Series X or S as well as instructions for streaming movies.

How to Watch Blu-ray and DVD Movies on Xbox Series X

While the main purpose of a game console is always games, you can watch movies on an Xbox Series X or S through a number of different methods. If you download an optional Blu-ray player app, you can use your Xbox Series X to watch DVD and Blu-ray movies on its 4K UHD Blu-ray drive.

Since the Xbox Series S is a digital-only console, this option isn’t available for it.

Here’s how to watch Blu-rays and DVDs on your Xbox Series X:

  1. Press the Guide button and select Store.

    The guide menu on Xbox S and X.
  2. Select the Search function.

    The store on Xbox Series X.
  3. Type Blu-Ray Player.

    The store search function on Xbox Series X.
  4. Select Blu-Ray Player from the search results.

    Search results in the Xbox store.
  5. Select Get or Install.

    The Blu-ray player app on Xbox Series X.
  6. Insert a disc into your Xbox Series X.

  7. Launch the Blu-Ray Player app.

  8. Your disc will start playing just as if you were using a standalone Blu-ray or DVD player.

How to Control the Blu-ray Player App

You probably don’t have a remote for your Xbox Series X, but your Xbox controller can serve the same purpose easily enough. Functions like fast forward, rewind, and pause are all mapped to buttons on the controller, making it easy to skip over parts you don’t want to see or go back to something you missed.

Here’s how to control the Blu-Ray Player app on your Xbox Series X console:

  • Play/Pause: X button
  • Back one chapter: Left bumper
  • Forward one chapter: Right bumper
  • Fast forward: Right trigger
  • Rewind: Left trigger
  • Access on-screen controls: B button

How to Stream Movies on Xbox Series X and S

In addition to physical Blu-ray and DVD discs, the Xbox Series X also allows you to stream movies and TV shows through a variety of different movie streaming services. The Xbox Series S, which can’t play Blu-rays and DVDs due to the lack of a disc drive, can stream using all of the same apps and services as the Xbox Series X.

Streaming apps are free to download on the Xbox Series X and S, but some require a paid subscription to watch.

Here’s how to stream movies using your Xbox Series X or S:

  1. Open the Store on your Xbox Series X or S, and select the Search function.

    The store on Xbox Series X/S.
  2. Type the name of the streaming service you want.

    The Xbox store search function.
  3. Select the streaming app from the search results.

    A streaming app in the Xbox store.
  4. Select Get or Install.

    A screenshot of a streaming app in the Xbox Series S/X Store.
  5. Launch the app, select the movie you want to stream, and start watching.

    A screenshot of Crackle on Xbox Series X/S.

How to Purchase or Rent Movies on Xbox Series X or S

In addition to streaming services, you can also purchase and rent movies directly from Microsoft through your Xbox.

Here’s how to rent or buy movies on your Xbox Series X or S:

  1. Open the Xbox Store.

    The store on Xbox Series X/S.
  2. Scroll down to the movies section, and press X on the controller to display all of the available movies if you don't see anything interesting.

    Movies in the Xbox Series X/S store.

    You can also use the search function if you're looking for a specific movie.

  3. Select the movie you’re interested in from the list.

    Movies on the Xbox Series X/S.
  4. Select BUY IN UHD or RENT IN UHD, or select CHOOSE FORMAT to select a different format.

    A screenshot of a movie purchase/rent page on the Xbox Series X/S store.
  5. Complete the purchase by entering your billing details if necessary.

  6. Watch your movie.

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